Dr. Erik Chaput to speak at Hudson Heritage Association meeting
Rose Vardell

The Social Science Department faculty member, public historian and published author will speak on the often-neglected Black abolitionist conventions in the decades before the Civil War.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Western Reserve Academy’s Social Science Department faculty member Dr. Erik Chaput will be the guest speaker at the Hudson Heritage Association Meeting at the Barlow Community Center. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Chaput’s talk, titled “Antislavery Constitutionalism and the Black Convention Movement in Ohio," covers the often-neglected Black abolitionist conventions in the decades before the Civil War. In his talk, he will highlight the careers of Ohio abolitionists H. Ford Douglas, Charles Henry Langston, John Mercer Langston, and William Day and the impact they had on the development of a constitutional discourse relating to civil and political rights. 

For background, he invites attendees to read his article, “The Right Path”: The Civil Rights Movement And The 1864 Syracuse Black Convention” prior to arrival.

 More information about the November 10 meeting may be found here.